“It’s not about making a thousand changes in your life; it’s about a thousand people making a single change. We understand that it’s not plastic free, but it’s heading towards that.” -Julie Miller, chair of Plastic Free PEC
Postmedia file photo A group in Prince Edward County is encouraging residents to stop using single-use plastic items such as water bottles.
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY – A group of like-minded citizens have joined together to create a group called “Plastic Free PEC.”
According to their Vision Statement they are “changing attitudes, habits, and business practices in Prince Edward County that will result in the reduction of single-use plastics.” But it’s not an all-or-
nothing approach. The group believes that an impact can be made by encouraging everyone to make small incremental changes. They are starting by focusing on eliminating six items from everyday use: water bottles; straws; coffee cups; ziplock bags; plastic bags; and cutlery.
While it is still a newly formed committee, Plastic Free PEC has sought a Proclamation from Mayor Steve Ferguson to proclaim April 22 as Plastic Free day in Prince Edward County, which also happens to be Earth Day. Other short-term goals of the committee are to purchase a mobile event water station – a kin to a Quench Buggy, but on a much smaller and more affordable scale; to provide education about moving away from a life full of single-use plastics; and to seek commitments from other community groups to ban single-use plastics at meetings and events.
Plastic Free PEC
is seeking more volunteers to join the group. Possible volunteer roles could involve staffing an educational booth at an event; fundraising to purchase a mobile event water station;
assisting with trash bashes; or advocating to PEC community groups and businesses to change their consumption of plastics.